Internal Funding

NameFunding AmountPurpose Eligibility
Diversity & Inclusion - Small Grants ProgramUp to $2,000Funding to engage in research related to diversity or has the potential to enhance diversity within the BSD. BSD or UCMC faculty, staff, student, postdoc or trainee.
Diversity & Inclusion - Faculty Career DevelopmentUp to $5,000Supports the scholarship of BSD faculty from underrepresented backgrounds in an effort to promote their career advancement.Faculty at all ranks may apply, with preference given to Assistant and Associate Professors
Center for Health Administration Studies - Seed Grant Program$30,000Supports promising health services and policy research projects at UChicago that impact vulnerable or disadvantaged populations.All eligible investigators must be independent investigators at The University of Chicago and faculty appointments are required.
Chapin Hall - Center for Children Joint Research Fund$200,000Fosters research between the University and Chapin Hall that has a meaningful impact on policies and practices that affect vulnerable child populations, their families, and their communities.Chapin Hall researchers and individuals with an academic research or tenure track appointment at the University.
Community Programs Accelerator Faculty Support Program$50,000Support selected initiatives that have a significant community engagement component for a one-year period, whether the aim is to establish a 501c3 organization or continue as a University program.University of Chicago faculty
Center in Beijing$3,000 – $15,000Support for innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region.
Center in Delhi$30,000Expand opportunities for collaboration with Indian scholars and universities, research institutes, and cultural organizations, to serve as a focal point for engaging alumni in India and South Asia, and to contribute to cooperation among the several international centers of the University.Must be sponsored by at least one person holding a current academic appointment at the University of Chicago
ITM - Pilot Awards$60,000ITM funding and resource support for study design, ethics and community consults, networking with potential local and national collaborators, and more. Includes video production and communications support to share research findings and impact.Individuals from any ITM institution
ITM - Community Benefit Grant Awards$50,000Collaborative projects between a local community organization and UChicago researcher to impact community health.
ITM - Core Subsidy Awards$5,000Offset costs for using one of the dozens of UChicago core facilities that offer high-tech equipment, data processing, and other resources for researchers.
ITM - Career Development (K) AwardsUp to $100,000Up to $100,000 in salary support, 75% protected time for research of your choice, exclusive mentoring from senior faculty, and travel funds for junior investigators pursuing clinical, translational, and/or oncology research.Those holding an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD who are interested in clinical, translational, and/or oncology research
ITM - Short Term Pilot Awards$5,000Funding for postdoctoral clinician-scientists in training at the UCMC, such as residents, fellows and other trainees whose mentors do not have financial support for the specific projects the applicants are trying to undertake.
ITM - TL1 Trainee Awards$21,000Stipend (tuition, living expenses) and research training for predoctoral students in clinical and translational science.MD clinical fellows based at an ITM institution, •PhD recipients committed to careers in clinical or translational research
Neubauer Collegium - Faculty Research Awards$10,000-$25,000provides financial, strategic, and administrative support for research projects that enable University of Chicago faculty to pursue complex questions that require collaboration, inspire an interdisciplinary approach, and are informed by a humanistic perspectiveUniversity of Chicago faculty as PIs
Pozen Family Center - Faculty Research Project Awards$5,000 – $30,000Supports research projects that allow University of Chicago faculty to explore critical dimensions of human rights thought and practice.Proposals should come from teams of two or more faculty. One of the principal applicants must be a University of Chicago faculty member.
The Stevanovich Institute - Faculty Seed Grants$5,000Funds to support a first step into an area of research that may or may not lead to an application for the larger faculty research grant the following yearFaculty at the University of Chicago
Women's Board - Grants Fund$25,000 – $60,000Catalyst, sustaining, and capacity-building funding is awarded to high-impact projects that would likely otherwise not go forward without Women’s Board support.
George Shultz Innovation FundUp to $250,000Helps researchers turn their innovations into profitable ventures in two ways:
1. Investing in startups created by faculty, students, and staff to help them with funding commercial investment.
2. Surrounding these startups with a community of support to help move their projects forward.
Faculty, students, and staff seeking investment to commercialize their research.
UCM Innovations Grant Program$25,000 - $50,000 for a one-year project period. Project funds may be used to provide salary support, supplies, assistance with data collection, or statistical expertise.Support projects that use research-quality methods to find solutions to operational challenges or areas in need of improvement at the University of Chicago Medicine. Proposals must be multi-disciplinary in nature and should connect back to the Annual Operating Plan. The program’s goal is to help identify and develop future innovators and to create value for our patients. Grants up to $50,000 will be awarded through our philanthropic donor but will be matched by the medical center. All UCM and BSD employees and active medical and research staff.
American Cancer Society Institutional Grant - 2019 Request for Applications from Junior Faculty$35,000 for a one-year project period (6/1/2019 - 5/31/2020)Provides seed money to early stage investigators who have not yet received national peer-reviewed grant support. The intent is to support junior faculty in conducting one-year pilot projects that will yield preliminary data to enable them to compete successfully for national cancer research grants.1. Junior faculty (usually at the assistant professor or equivalent level) involved in cancer-related research;
2. Within six (6) years of first independent research or faculty appointment;
3. Salaried faculty with appropriate committed research facilities;
4. No peer-reviewed funding; and
UCCCC membership or eligible for membership (e.g., research is cancer-focused).
5. Research Associates, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Clinical Fellows are not eligible to apply.
6. Must be, at the time of application, US citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.
Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Faculty Development ProgramMinimum of 75% salary support (up to $90,000 plus fringe) for two years and up to $20,000 per year in research development support costsPromote UChicago researchers interested in PCOR and support their development into independent investigators. During the program, scholars participate in advanced coursework and receive mentorship from PCOR researchers at UChicago to advance their own research careers.U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals; have clinical or research doctorates; and have a junior faculty or instructor position by the time of appointment to the K12 program, which is expected to be in Summer 2018. Postdoctoral fellows and research associates may apply for the program but acceptance is contingent upon the candidate's appointment to a faculty or instructor position after being selected for K12. 
Chicago Biomedical Consortium: Accelerator AwardsUp to $100,000 for use over 1 year. Awarded projects that have met proposed milestones during the first year may be invited to apply for $150,000 for one additional year.  The three CBC institutions have waived all indirect costs.Supports translational research and provides university researchers with early commercial guidance. Supports the initial, and therefore highest risk, stage of commercially-directed research focused on the development of a therapeutic or an associated biomarker or diagnostic. Award recipients are mentored by faculty, industry experts, tech transfer officers and CBC personnel. Tenured or tenure-track faculty with research programs at UChicago, Northwestern University, and/or University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Faculty with full time appointments on the clinical track at each of the institutions are also eligible to apply. Applicants must have their own designated laboratory space.
Chicago Biomedical Consortium: Catalyst Awards$250,000 for 1 to 2 year projectsOffers funding for one- or two-year new inter-institutional collaborative research projects. Projects should address important areas of basic biological/biomedical or translational research that are risky, innovative, and potentially transformative. Catalysts are not intended to support incremental progress, obvious next steps, or NIH-ready projects. Applicants submitting projects with translational potential will be required to submit a statement regarding the unmet clinical need and the potential impact on human health.1. Tenured or tenure-track faculty with research programs at UChicago, Northwestern University, and/or University of Illinois at Chicago, who will jointly engage in collaborative research.
2. Research proposals must have Co-Principal Investigators from at least two of the CBC universities.
College Curricular Innovation FundGrants of $10,000 to $50,000 Supports innovative programs that will directly benefit our undergraduates, with the following three main areas:
1) Undergraduate research fellowship programs. Successful proposals will describe not only the individual labs hosting these students, but also how the student cohort will be mentored as a group. Successful programs will be 1-2 years in duration
2) Purchase of equipment and/or data collection. Proposals can originate from individual faculty or groups of faculty. Interdisciplinary groups of faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.
3) Development of new laboratory exercises, curriculum, or pedagogical improvements for existing undergraduate courses.
Faculty at the University of Chicago
Safadi Pilot GrantsUp to $30,000 for 1 yearSupports the generation of preliminary or exploratory data involving novel multidisciplinary neuroscience collaborations, or to help support fellowship training involving novel multidisciplinary tools and concepts. Proposals should articulate the collaboration and disease relevance with clinical neuroscience group. Full-time faculty
UChicago-HKU Global Partnership FundUp to $25,000 per grantTo develop a collaborative arrangement, whereby the Institutions may participate in collaborative teaching, training, research and other agreed activities that further enhance the relationship between the institutions. Faculty at the University of Chicago
Duchossois Family Institute (DCI): Pilot FundingUp to $100,000 for 1 yearTo stimulate research and discovery aimed to address how the microbiome, human immune system, and/or genetics interact to prevent/treat disease and maintain health. 
BSD faculty may work together with collaborators who may be outside the Division. Key criteria for successful awards are the potential for impactful science and innovation related to the mission of the DFI.
BSD Faculty
France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) ProgramUp to $15,000 for one-year projects; Up to $25,000 for two-year projectsTo support new and developing research projects undertaken collaboratively by UChicago researchers (PSD, BSD, PME) and research teams in France. The review committee will consider factors as:

- The strengths and levels of complementarity between the collaborating partner laboratories
- The likelihood of a high reward relative to the amount of funding requested
- The potential for continued collaboration in the medium and long term. 
PI Status
ITM - CTSA KL2 Clinical and Translational Scholar AwardsSalary support (up to $75,000 plus fringe). Appointments are for two years.Area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials; and 4) the development of new technologies. Research topics can relate to any aspect of clinical and/or translational research, relevant to any patient population and disease group, and employing any suitable research approach. However, potential relevance to the understanding or treatment of human disease must be demonstrated.Eligible candidates may be from any ITM-affiliated institution, must hold a doctoral degree and must have a faculty-level appointment during the period of support.
Chicago Fellows Program$53,000 stipend per year and $10,000 research budget per year, for 2 yearsTo support the career advancement of truly exceptional and creative scientists in the biological and biomedical sciences.The expectation is that Chicago Fellows will go on to be the next generation of scientific leaders in their fields.Postdoctoral Fellows within three years of having received their doctoral degree; PhD and MD degree holders are eligible.
Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) Data Science Discovery GrantsCollaborative research projects - up to $100,000 for 12 months; Exploratory convenings - up to $15,000 for 12 monthsTo support multi-disciplinary projects that have the potential for high-impact research or new technological innovationsPI Status
Griffin Applied Economics Incubator GrantUp to $50,000 for a one-year grantThe 2019-2020 initiative is “The Science of Scaling Through the Lens of Early Childhood Education”. This initiative will support promising research focused on early childhood and issues around scaling, providing the seed funds necessary to develop and test innovative approaches that yield transformative policy results.University of Chicago Faculty Members serving as the PI
Big Ideas GeneratorUp to $5K for Workshop grants

Up to $15K for Seed grants

Up to $75K for Vision grants
To target early-stage, ambitious research proposals in any field of scholarly inquiry. The fund’s goal is to identify and support path-breaking ideas that have the potential to become novel and robust areas of research but are too nascent for traditional sources of funding.

Three tiers of grants are available:
Workshop grants to plan for large-scale, inter-disciplinary initiatives
Seed grants for exploratory research work
Vision grants for research-intensive projects
Proposals can come from any field. Winning proposals will articulate a novel, ambitious idea that, if established with subsequent research and follow up funding, could have a measurable and important impact on the relevant field(s).
UChicago-National Laboratory Task Force to Enhance Shared ResearchApproximately up to $50K per collaborative projectA new joint task force initiative between the University of Chicago, Argonne and Fermilab, will provide seed funding for collaborative projects in AI and quantum information science. The grants programs will help to position our institutions for current and anticipated funding opportunities and provide unique educational experiences for students. 

The AI + Science research grants program, which is provided in collaboration with the Center for Data and Computing (CDAC), will support 4-5 collaborative projects between UChicago, Argonne, Fermilab and the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC).

The QIS ​Research grants program​ ​will support an estimated 3-4 collaborative projects between UChicago, Argonne, and Fermilab. 
All applications for grants through either program must have at least one PI from the University of Chicago and at least one PI from one of the national laboratories.